Electronic vaporizers, parts valued at more than $5 million seized in Woodlands; 2 Thai citizens arrested

SINGAPORE – Electronic vaporizers and parts worth more than $5 million were seized in a raid on April 24, during which two Thai nationals were arrested.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), in a joint statement on May 21, said ICA officials found more than 400,000 electronic vaporizers and parts in a warehouse in the Woodlands Industrial Park.

HSA was subsequently alerted to the find, which is the second largest seizure of electronic vaporizers so far. In March, the authority confiscated more than $6 million worth of vaporizers and electronic components, the statement added.

The two Thai nationals were charged on April 26 with offenses related to illegally staying in Singapore without a valid pass.

Both men, ages 22 and 30, collaborate in the investigations.

HSA said it is an offense to import, distribute, sell or offer for sale electronic vaporizers and their components.

Anyone found guilty of doing so may be fined up to $10,000 or imprisoned for up to six months or both for the first offence, and fined up to $20,000 or imprisoned for up to 12 months or both. for subsequent crimes.

ICA said it takes attempts to stay longer in Singapore seriously. Anyone who stays more than 90 days can be fined up to $4,000 or imprisoned for up to six months, or both. Violators are also deported and prohibited from re-entering the Republic after receiving a sentence and/or paying fines.

Those with information about activities related to the distribution of electronic vaporizers can contact the HSA Tobacco Regulatory Branch at 6684-2036 or 6684-2037.